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More than Music: A Look into Belgrade's Hardcore Punk

From dingy basements and the world of improvisation, through mixed tapes and glued fanzines, from hand to hand and by mouth to mouth, hardcore punk has penetrated all the world’s mainstream cultures with its web of informal networks. As an aggressive and faster form of punk, as an answer to the genre’s commercialization, this musical and social movement has been developing organically for 40 years. The roots lie on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean: in UK and in the U.S. With such a variety of Do It Yourself principles, spontaneous exchanges and unwritten histories, there are no clearly drawn out paths nor strict definitions. However, some features can be attributed to the styles that emerged on different sides of the ocean. So, after the birth of British punk, generations came of age through American hardcore in Belgrade, in Serbia as a whole, and across the entire former Yugoslavia. The initial or strongest influences arrived during the time of the embargo, sanctions, and the shutdown of formal cultural exchange. Paradoxically, or quite the opposite – because, if a common denominator can be found in a movement that rejects the rules, it would be an act of rebellion or instability, standing up against oppression and the system in charge, and maybe, above all, self-organization, as limited as resources may be, of one’s own creations and the power of informal networking.


Presentation and Discussion

Taking part in the discussion:
Miloš Stošić, Ljubica Slavković, Igor Todorović Zgro (No Speed Limit, Novosadska punk verzija), Ana Miljanić, Boris Milić (Mob Law, Rejected, Zombie Animals), Nemanja Bošković (Out Of The Darkness zine), Aleksandra Sekulić (Distorzija fanzine); Marko Korać (Spiteful, Vitamin X, Heros & Zeros, Open Wounds, Singidunum records); Dragan Marković – Gale (Kerozin zine); Branislav Dimitrijević.


Researchers

Miloš Stošić (1977): Stop It! (vocals / 1993-1994), Rejected (drums / 1994-1996), Unison (vocals / 1994 – 2012), Stonewall (vocals / 1995 – 1997), Mnjenje (vocals / 2012 – 2018).

Srđan Kuzmanović (1976): Unison, Standpoint, Lets Grow, Charlie Don’t Surf, Minimum, Šaht, Beogradski Produkt, Kurzschluss, CS-1, Meat Market, Stonewall, Hands in Ashes, All of Us, Blind Side, Youth Crew All Stars, 36 Daggers, Strive for More, Skymaster 4, Statico (mostly drums)

(Ljubica) Ljuba Slavković (1984): Lets Grow (guitar / 2001 – 2010), Chresus Jist (bass, vocals / 2013 – 2015), HA-KO bastards (record label / 2004 – 2013)

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